Ugly, dancing, grasping blackness
But I am not afraid!
Belly-deep burns a pit of ancient, ancestral, determination
A war horse rears between my thighs
A bear rises swiftly behind me...before me...
And so we ride laughing...heart racing...
Into the screaming vortex
"See you on the Other Side!"
Knowing full well that the blood behind me
The horse beneath me, and the bear beside me
Have met in the center of the storm
And we ride together on
(for Joe Bruce)